Common problems

The following are some common nuisances that interfere with the functionality and appearance of a pond or lake:

Filamentous algae
Not only is excessive algae growth unattractive, but it can deplete waters of oxygen, increase foul odor, and ultimately lead to a "summerkill" of fish.
Submerged weeds, such as large-leaf pondweed
Weeds that typically grow underwater, such as this Large-leaf Pondweed, are also unattractive when they grow abundantly in ponds or lakes. Excessive weed growth can also obstruct boat motors, and can become a nuisance in recreational use of the waters.
Free-floating plants, such as duckweed
Free-floating plants, such as this Lesser Duckweed, can also grow in excess and become unattractive in ponds or lakes. Duckweed is often mistaken for algae, but is actually considered a plant. It grows best in still waters or in slowly moving water. Duckweed grows very quickly, sometimes doubling in numbers in 3-5 days, and can become invasive and difficult to physically remove. It also can inhibit growth of other potentially desirable weeds.
Cattails are an emergent weed that many people find aesthetically pleasing in small quantities. However, cattails can begin to encroach into the pond and absorb a lot of water. What ultimately results is that the pond progresses to swamp-like conditions. Cattail treatment to inhibit abundant growth is beneficial in preventing this progression.

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